Armel Productions, in collaboration with the Szeged Open Air Festival, the Pannon Philharmonic, Duna Television and Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre present the Annual Opera Competition and Festival АRMEL.

Singers are invited to compete before a jury in a three-round competition, which culminates in a final round of 5 full productions. The final round is a two-week festival, awarding the best all-around performer. The winner will not only be recognized for his or her outstanding vocal capabilities, but also for adeptness in stage movement and acting of the highest standard.

The first round takes place in five locations: Budapest, Moscow, Paris, New York and Bergen in April 2010. The exclusive partner of the organizers in Moscow is Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre.

In the first round, each of the five partner opera houses will select one applicant for each of the roles of the five competing productions in the competition. Therefore, there will be at least five performers for each of the competing roles in the second round.

In the first round the competitors must present two contrasting operatic arias in the original language, one of the 2 arias has to be from a contemporary piece, written after 1940 or by a living composer. The two arias must not exceed 15 minutes total.
The competitors must also provide their short CV in Russian and in English (not longer than 1 page) and DVD recording of their presentation of 2 arias (different from the arias they are going to perform in the competition). The records must be done not later than the 1 September 2009. The competitor are responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses in the first round. The competition fee 40 EUR must be contributed by the competitors in cash at the registration in Moscow. An accompanist will be provided. Competitors may choose to bring their own accompanist.

The participants, who was selected for the second round, sign and submit the agreement to the competition rules and procedure (the document is available on the web site of the competition

The second round takes place 14, 15, 16 May 2010, in Hungary, the location of the festival. Here the directors of the productions will select the final cast for every production, the fifteen competitors who will participate in the finals. Through a series of acting, movement and stagecraft exercises, the five stage directors of the respective productions – supported by the representatives (directors, music directors, artistic directors) of the partner opera houses – will choose performers for the finals based upon dramatic capabilities. These competitors will become the lead performers in the five competing productions.

The finals take place during a two-week festival. The audience and the jury will see the productions from five different countries 3–17 November 2010 in Szeged, Hungary. The performers will be judged on their final performances by an international jury and awarded prizes as follows: Best Female Performer – 10 000 Euros, Best Male Performer -10 000 Euros.

This is followed by the full-scale mounting of the productions in partner opera houses; under the guidance of the director and the conductor, the competitors prepare for the final competition at the festival and on Duna Television for more than 70 countries worldwide.

In 2010 the winners will participate in the following performances:
3, 4 November, 2010, Bergen, Norway, Den Nye Opera. Knut Vaage, «Veslefrikk».
6, 7 November, 2010, Budapest, Hungary, Josef Kajetán Tyl Theatre. Marco Tutino,«The servant».
9, 10 November, 2010, Krakow, Poland, Opera Krakowska, Giuseppe Verdi, «La Traviata».
12, 13 November, 2010, New York, USA, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Thomas Pasatieri, «The Seagull».
15,16 November, 2010, Debrecen, Hungar, Csokonai Theatre, Sergei Prokofiev, «The Fiery Angel».